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March Paperback – January 31, 2006
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"Brilliant...Geraldine Brooks' new novel, March, is a very great book....Brooks has magnificently wielded the novelist's license."—Beth Kephart, Chicago Tribune
"A beautifully wrought story....Gripping....A taut plot, vivid characters and provocative issues."—Heller McAlpin, Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Honorable, elegant and true."—John Freeman, The Wall Street Journal
"Harrowing and moving...In her previous book, Year of Wonders, Geraldine Brooks proved herself to be a wonderful novelist. March has all the same virtues...casting a spell that lasts much longer than the reading of it."—Karen Joy Fowler, The Washington Post World
"Wholly original...deeply engaging."—Ron Charles, The Christian Science Monitor
"Inspired... A disturbing, supple, and deeply satisfying story, put together with craft and care and imagery worthy of a poet."—The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Louisa May Alcott would be well pleased."—The Economist
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"A beautifully wrought story about how war dashes ideals, unhinges moral certainties and drives a wedge of bitter experience and unspeakable memories between husband and wife."
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While I was smitten with the lyrical, historically credible quality of Brooks' writing and her often seamless ability to carry me along in this clever story, there were episodes in which I felt rather directed by her -- directed to look at Thoreau and Emerson and other prominent figures of the day. It felt a little didactic at times (yes, I know that Thoreau liked to fish), and perhaps even pedantic. I also lost a bit of patience with March himself, as I do not care for male protagonists who have bouts of profound wimpiness. His character flaws were all part of Brooks' grand design, showing him as a man with much to learn about himself and the cultural disparities of his day. I finished the book with respect for Brooks as a writer but glad to be done with March and his wearisome vanities.
Unfortunately, I found the writing of this book at times wonderful and expressive and at other times overblown and a bit tiresome. It was also quite violent. However, the main problem for me was that neither Mr. nor Mrs. March seemed to be the same characters as in Little Women. Mrs. March is constantly described as being extremely bad tempered and out of control. Is that the beloved Marmee of Little Women? And Brooks’ version of Mr. March is hardly worthy of her.
I’m sure I’m not the first person to be irritated by the author choosing to change the name the girls in Little Women call their mother, “Marmee”, into Mrs. March’s childhood nickname. Seriously, would Jo and Meg and Beth and Amy have called their mother by her childhood nickname? I think not. I always thought that “Marmee” was a variation of “Mommie.”
The book is certainly well researched and does expose many of the horrors of slavery, racism and war. I know I would have liked the book better if it were simply about a couple (or, more accurately, a threesome) who lived during the Civil War rather than intruding on the memories of a favorite book with cherished characters.
However, these values were undercut for me by a tone of melodrama that overtakes the story and the characterization of Grace, the enslaved woman who becomes an object of desire for March. Grace is continually described as erect and noble throughout the story. She only moves beyond this one dimensional fantasy toward the end when she reveals things she has done in the past for which she needs to atone. This last minute reveal seemed pat on several levels: a belated attempt to expand on her character and to teach March an important lesson about his own regrets. The crisis Marmee faces when she discovers Grace and March may be intimate and her confrontation with Grace read like a soap opera. I also found the final chapter, when March returns to his "Little Women" in Concord, too brief and abrupt.
I guess I admire the premise of "March," and the writing engaged me throughout. I just had a number of reservations after finishing it and really thinking about it. It's not a bad book, but I too wonder how it won the Pulitzer Prize.